Congratulations to Jonathan Lam receiving the Dr Koo Music Scholarship 2021.

This scholarship, an exemption of one year tuition fee of $4,800, is for him to study Orchestral Conducting with Dr Koo in 2021.

Jonathan is a musician and educator based in Sydney, Australia. He is currently studying Music at the University of New South Wales, majoring in Music Pedagogy and Composition. Having performed publicly from a young age, Jonathan continues to involve himself within the wider arts community of Sydney conducting orchestras and teaching students of all ages. With over 5 years of teaching experience, Jonathan instills his students with inspiration and knowledge as they continue to learn and perform to the best of their ability. Jonathan’s students perform regularly in eisteddfods and festivals around Sydney, all while achieving high grades in AMEB and Trinity music exams.

Starting at the age of 5, Jonathan began his musical training under the guidance of Dianne Donovan. Starting with the traditional AMEB piano syllabus, Jonathan added to his training by joining the studio show choir. He performed with the show choir for many years while studying piano, and has performed in some of Sydney’s premier performance venues, such as the Joan Sutherland Theatre (Penrith), and the Sutherland Entertainment Centre. Due to time constraints and other extracurricular activities, Jonathan placed his show choir training on hold whilst continuing his piano studies.

During his second year of high school, he completed his Certificate of Performance with AMEB. After transferring to a different school, he joined the Hurlstone Agricultural High School Orchestra, playing violin. By his senior years in high school, he became Concertmaster of the orchestra. During this time, he commenced conducting studies with the Band Director of the school. This gave him opportunities to rehearse the orchestra, and direct them through a highly successful performance of Beethoven’s First Symphony, which was performed at the conclusion of his high school career.